Senate, House seats to be decided in Pa.

November 01, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - More than 82,000 Franklin County voters are registered to go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the presidential election, along with contested races for the U.S. Senate and House, Pennsylvania Senate and House and three statewide offices.

The 75 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to county election officials.

With polls showing President Bush and Democratic nominee John F. Kerry locked in a tight race in Pennsylvania, voters will have three other presidential candidates to choose from - Constitution Party candidate Michael Peroutka, Green Party candidate David Cobb and Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party. Consumer advocate Ralph Nader's bid to be on the ballot as the Independent Party candidate was rejected by state and federal courts because of irregularities on his nominating petitions. The county, however, had to print its 85,000 ballots before his appeals were exhausted and county employees crossed his name off the ballot last week with felt-tipped markers.


Incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter is running for a fifth, six-year term against Democratic nominee Joe Hoeffel, a U.S. representative from Montgomery County. James Clymer of the Constitution Party and Libertarian Betsy Summers also are on the ballot.

Bill Shuster of Hollidaysburg, Pa., the Republican incumbent in the 9th Congressional District, is running for a third term against Paul Politis of Greencastle, vice chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Committee. The district contains all or part of 15 counties in south central Pennsylvania.

Besides the presidential contest, the race for the 89th District seat to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is perhaps drawing the most local interest. Greene Township Supervisor Rob Kauffman, the Republican nominee, and Democratic nominee Doug Harbach, a Chambersburg businessman, are seeking to fill the vacant seat formerly held by Jeff Coy.

Coy, who served for 11 terms, announced in February he would not run for re-election and resigned in September to take a position with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The district includes portions of Franklin and Cumberland counties.

State Sen. Terry Punt of Waynesboro, Pa., is running for a fifth four-year term in the 33rd District against Don Richards of Greencastle, Pa., chairman of the Franklin County Democratic Committee. The district includes Franklin, Adams and a portion of York counties.

For Pennsylvania Attorney General, the candidates are Republican Tom Corbett, Democrat Jim Eisenhower and Green Party candidate Marakay Rogers.

Republican Joe Peters, Democrat Jack Wagner, Constitution Party candidate Leonard Ritchey, Libertarian Berlie Etzel and Ben Price of the Green Party are running for auditor general.

Democrat Bob Casey, Republican Jean Pepper, Libertarian Darryl Perry, Paul Teese of the Green Party and Max Lampenfeld of the Constitution Party are on the ballot for state treasurer.

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